Cyclo cross bike
I'm selling a brand new Ridley XBow 105 Cyclo Cross bike on behalf of my employers Cyclescheme. The bike is a brand new 2012 model, size 50cm (centre to centre) (see - http://www.ridley-bikes.com/pd/gb/en-gb/4/354/cyclocross/x-bow ) but it has a dent the size of a 1p piece by the bottle cage bolts on the seat tube.
The bike has never been ridden so we asking for £650
Photos are available upon request.
Whyte have been pushing their relaxed geometry across their whole range of bikes for a while now; it works well on trail bikes and it works on their flat bar urban bikes such as the Montpellier too. However, I'm not so sure about the crossers. The slightly languid handling is exacerbated here in the Whyte Kings Cross by the equipment choices, making the whole package feel a bit ordinary. For this kind of money, there are better bikes out there.
The Cotic >X< was born because mountain bike racer Kate Potter (Cotic/Bontrager Race Team) wanted a bike to race during the cyclo-cross season while mountain bike competition was quiet. This bike is the production model of that request. Cotic have a passionate fan-base for their mountain bikes and their steel Roadrat has many commuting devotees, so their new ’cross bike has a lofty reputation to live up to.
The Marin Toscana is one of a growing breed of 'cross derived urban bikes. It isn't pretending to be an actual cyclocross machine and as such it's only really fair to mark it on how it performs on road and path duties, which it handles with a good deal of assurance. It's well built, reliable and versatile. What it isn't, at £999 though, is cheap, especially when compared to similar machines.